If you have been following the recipes on my blog, you would know by now that I enjoy fresh salads and that too with tailor-made dressings that I plan for each such salad. This is one of my staples, an easy to make Honey Lemon Salad Dressing. Takes less than 10 minutes to put together, and another 10 minutes to chill in the fridge, while you make your salad.
The jar of totally delicious and unprocessed, raw and natural honey that was delivered by Sakura Fresh and First Agro Farms, naturally set me off to experimenting with different honey based salad dressings. A Honey Lemon Salad Dressing would fit the bill for most of the salads which form my daily lunch.
The first of their various exotic honeys that I tried, was this golden Kumaon Honey. The website explains that this honey is collected from wild flora of the Foothills of the Himalayas. Exotic indeed! The website also goes on to say that the Kumaon Honey they supply is rich in antioxidants and is a great energiser.
The taste of the honey is fresh and sweet, and leaves a lingering sweetness on the tongue. I can’t really describe it, you may just have to try it out for yourself!
Kumaon is of course a rather familiar name. A voracious reader even in my school days, I remember one summer vacation spent reading up all the Jim Corbett I could lay my hands on. His Man-Eaters of Kumaon was absorbing and thrilling, though it gave me many a nightmare after I finished the book!
While reading up on Kumaon Honey, I came across this interesting recipe from a Blog on the Cuisines of Kumaon: Sliced White radish (mooli) and lemon dressed in a paste of roasted bhang (made from marijuana leaves and flowers) with green chillies, curd and Kumaon Honey! I wonder what that would taste like! I would like to try it out with, but perhaps cautiously substituting the roasted bhang paste with something like a mustard leaf sesame paste, though of course the taste would be totally different from that of the Kumaon cuisine.
My honey lemon salad dressing has a milder use, though it is very tasty! With the tang of the lemon and the sweetness of the honey, it is best served with a leafy salad of Swiss chard leaves or chicory or radicchio leaves, and tomatoes or berries.
Try the honey lemon salad dressing with my Dandelion Greens Couscous Mango Salad – click on the name for the link to the Recipe.
I have recently made the honey lemon salad dressing with a salad of mixed greens including romaine, arugula, kale and mustard leaves with red and white radishes and gorgeous cherry tomatoes, at lunch while visiting First Agro Farms. But more about that delicious lunch and the awesome visit, in another post!
Garlicky Honey Lemon Salad Dressing
- 4 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Grate lemon zest and then squeeze out the lemon juice into a bowl. Add the zest. Mince the garlic and add. (I have minced one clove, and have chopped one more clove into larger pieces. However you could mince both into very small pieces or crush the garlic into the lemon juice instead.)
- Add honey, salt and pepper and whisk briskly. Or pour all the ingredients except the olive oil into a jar, close the jar tightly with its lid and shake it vigorously so the ingredients blend.
- Pour the olive oil in a slow drizzle into the honey lemon mixture, whisking all the while until the oil emulsifies.
- Set in the fridge to chill and for the flavours to set, for 10 minutes. This dressing may be used for upto a week if tightly covered and kept in the fridge, and only a dry spoon is used.
- I added extra virgin olive oil, but you could use a sunflower oil instead, or a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of sunflower oil.